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Guide:

Workforce planning: right people, right time, right skills

Resource summary

This guide is suggested reading for resourcing and recruitment managers, business partners and generalist HR managers seeking to develop workforce planning processes. It may also be useful to talent management and learning and development professionals.

  • Part 1 of the guide considers the question ‘what is workforce planning?’ and considers the relevance of this  concept for organisations today.

  • Part 2 looks at ‘why do workforce planning?’ and dentifies the potential drivers for workforce planning activity, and its business planning context.

  • Part 3 gives some guidance on ‘how to get started on workforce planning’ and examines the information required to create a plan, the design of the planning process itself and how it links to other areas of HR and the technology available to support the process.

  • Part 4 tackles the issue of ‘how to implement workforce planning’. It considers the process of implementation, the roles and responsibilities of those involved, and how
    to ensure effective feedback and review and adequate communication.

  • Part 5 considers ‘workforce planning in practice’ and provides some top tips from practitioners who took part in a forum to discuss the issues raised in this guide, summarises the challenges and enablers identified by our research and considers what further support might
    be useful.
  Published June 2010

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